USS Peleliu, nakaalis na sa daungan ng SBMA

admin   •   October 22, 2014   •   5640

USS Peleliu (UNTV News)

SUBIC, Philippines – Nakaalis na kaninang tanghali ang USS Peleliu sa daungan ng Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) matapos madala sa Maynila si U.S. Marine Private First Class Joseph Scott Pemberton.

Si Pemberton ay inilipad ng isang chopper patungong Camp Aguinaldo nitong umaga ng Miyerkules.

Ang USS Peleliu ay barkong sinasakyan ng nasa dalawang libong U.S. Marines para sa taunang isinasagawang landing exercise sa ating bansa.

Unang umalis sa SBMA ang isa pang barko ng Amerika ang USS Germantown noong nakaraang linggo.

Matatandaang nagtagal ang pananatili ng barko sa Pilipinas bagama’t natapos na ang exercise dahil sa pagkakadawit ng isang U.S. Marine sa pagkakamatay ng transgender na si Jeffrey Laude alyas “Jennifer”. (Joshua Antonio / Ruth Navales, UNTV News)

DA, SBMA to put up country’s first border control facility for agri products

Maris Federez   •   July 8, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Agriculture (DA) and the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) are in talks of establishing the country’s first of five border control facilities.

In a news release dated July 7, the DA said the establishment which will be named the Cold Examination Facility in Agriculture (CEFA) will be built at the Subic Bay Freeport Zone in Zambales.

The DA said it is targeting 100 percent inspection of farm, fishery, and meat products to ensure their quality, determine and confiscate erroneously declared shipments, and prevent the entry of transboundary pests and diseases.

Agriculture Secretary William Dar met with SBMA chairperson and CEO Atty. Wilma Eisma on June 30.

Dar said Eisma fully supports the proposal of the DA to construct and operate the Subic CEFA.

The DA said that once operational, “the Subic CEFA will be able to conduct full and thorough inspection of containerized agricultural commodities through risk assessment, complemented by x-ray screening of the Bureau of Customs (BOC).”

The system will subject all farm, fishery, meat, and food imports to 100% sampling and laboratory testing.

“The Subic Bay Freeport Zone is an ideal location because it is well-connected to the main Metro Manila highways,” the DA chief said.

“The CEFAs will initiate a new way of conducting first-border inspections, as well as host more thorough examinations, as you can open all arriving imports in one cold warehouse and have ample time to examine them,” he added.

Dar added that negotiations of establishing another CEFA at the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) compound at the Manila International Container Port (MICP) are still ongoing between the DA-BAI and DOTr-PPA.

The DA said that it also plans to put up similar CEFA in the ports of Batangas, Cebu, and Davao.

For the Subic CEFA, the DA proposes to use a 2,000-square meter lot at the freeport zone for 25 years, renewable upon mutual agreement.

Secretary Dar is confident that the partnership will transform the Subic International Port into the country’s major hub for agricultural product imports.

“We thank SBMA chair and CEO Eisma for the smooth negotiations, pending approval of the SBMA Board, that will jumpstart the process of procurement. We wish the facility constructed as soon as possible,” he said.

DPWH, DND inaugurate hospital facility, barracks at Camp Aguinaldo

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 17, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) with the Department of National Defense (DND) on Thursday (June 17) inaugurated the new military facilities at Camp Aguinaldo.

DPWH Secretary Mark Villar with DND Secretary Delfin Lorenzana led the inauguration and handover ceremony of a four-storey male and female enlisted personnel barracks building and two-storey hospital facility at Camp General Emilio Aguinaldo Station Hospital.

The P63.7 million barracks facility will provide enlisted military personnel a safe and secure accommodation or billeting place for troops essential to mission accomplishment. Meanwhile, the hospital facility has 25 beds for emergency services and inpatient care as well as pharmacy, in-house laboratory, and imaging.

The hospital will also be used as the primary health care facility of Camp Aguinaldo for officers, enlisted personnel, civilian human resource.

Secretary Villar said that being in the frontline in protecting the country, the two departments want nothing but the best for the armed forces. AAC

Año formally assumes DILG-OIC post

UNTV News   •   January 9, 2018

MANILA, Philippines – Former AFP Chief of Staff General Eduardo Año takes on a new role as the officer-in-charge of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG).

“Of course identifying terrorists and continue the program of the government to defeat the terrorists, but aside from that we have so many interventions together with other departments like a dialogue with ulamas, getting the preparations of the local government units particularly the local executives,” Año said.

Also among the priorities of the new leadership is strengthening the campaign of the government against illegal drugs and supporting the Philippine National Police (PNP), the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) and the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP).

But amid the controversies of the police under the DILG—Año said the National Police still have accomplishments.

“Those what we call national troops are being sensationalized but those ordinary policemen who serve warrants for index and non-index crimes–they reached thousands,” Año said.

But Año can’t be appointed as the secretary of the agency yet after his retirement last October 26, 2017.

Under the Republic Act 6975 or the Department of Interior and Local Government Act of 1990, no retired or resigned military or police officer may be appointed as secretary within 1 year from the date of his retirement or resignation.

For the meantime—former OIC Cataliño Cuy whom Año replaced will take over the position of former Dangerous Drugs Board Chair Dionisio Santiago.

Meanwhile, President Duterte has designated Martin Diño as undersecretary of DILG.

“I hope this time gagalaw ang lahat ng barangay kapitan at saka mga kagawad sa buong Pilipinas. Five billion kami. Iyan ang dami ng barangay governments,” Diño said.

(I hope this time all barangay captains and councilors across the Philippines will start working. We are five billion. That is the number of barangay governments.)

Diño is the former chairman of the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority or SBMA but the President designated Atty. Wilma Eisma in his place. – Mai Bermudez | UNTV News & Rescue


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